Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

February 1995


Published in Great Plains Research 5:1 (February 1995). Copyright © 1995 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Used by permission.


Stephen J. Leonard has written a book about Colorado during the depression. He portrays an economically and politically conservative state whose failed attempts at local relief forced its officers to seek solutions offered by Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal. Both Colorado officials and residents resented federal assistance believing that it threatened their state's independence. Leonard sets the scene by summarizing the final years of the 1920s in Colorado before describing how the crash affected the state and its dwellers. After commenting on its devastation in urban areas, he turns to rural sections particularly the agricultural Plains, the San Luis Valley and the Western Slope.